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Old 05-02-2009, 10:53 AM   #41
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Just one more vote for AVG (free version). I have been using it years on my personal machines and have had much less trouble with it than with the Norton and McAffee nonsense on most of the corporate owned/maintained PC's that I have had.

AVG scans do take longer; but, I just schedule them for a time that I am not likely to be using my PC.
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Just one more vote for AVG (free version). I have been using it years on my personal machines and have had much less trouble with it than with the Norton and McAffee nonsense on most of the corporate owned/maintained PC's that I have had.

AVG scans do take longer; but, I just schedule them for a time that I am not likely to be using my PC.
Dumb question. I have a laptop and when it's not in use, I simply close the top and it goes into a safe/sleep mode.(I think) I don't turn pc off. It won't run during this period, will it? I thought if you did have it scheduled during one of these periods, it would kick off when you opened it back up.
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This is a little off the subject, but is computor related. Recently, a break-in occurred and thieves using pass keys entered several offices in the L.A. area. Security cameras were disconnected, alarms bypassed, and pass keys used (inside job). The only items taken were computor hard drives. The story, www.dailynews.com/business/ci-1227643 has some interesting cautions for users to undertake. Just thought I'd pass it on. Hope someone might benefit. I, might also note, the security guard was called away when this occurred last weekend.
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Dumb question. I have a laptop and when it's not in use, I simply close the top and it goes into a safe/sleep mode.(I think) I don't turn pc off. It won't run during this period, will it? I thought if you did have it scheduled during one of these periods, it would kick off when you opened it back up.
Just change your Power Options (in Control Panel) so that your computer never goes on standby or hibernates. Then it will run closed. You don't want it running on battery during this time, though.
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Just change your Power Options (in Control Panel) so that your computer never goes on standby or hibernates. Then it will run closed. You don't want it running on battery during this time, though.
I looked and it does have 'never' flagged on system hibernate, but it shows hard disk is turned off after 20 minutes. Should that be 'never' as well? And I reset system standby for never as it was set for 25 minutes.
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I looked and it does have 'never' flagged on system hibernate, but it shows hard disk is turned off after 20 minutes. Should that be 'never' as well? And I reset system standby for never as it was set for 25 minutes.
Well I set the scan for 3:00a.m. but it didn't run. And it started the scan as soon as I opened my laptop. I guess the hard disk needs to be set to never turned off. Any downside to doing this?
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AVG Scans - Powering Down

Just an FYI: You can set up AVG (even the free version) to power down your PC after its scan completes. Here are the abbreviated instructions for doing this in the free version:

1) Edit your Scheduled scan
2) Click the How to scan tab
3) Click the Additional scan settings ... link
4) Check both the Shutdown computer upon scan completion and the Force shutdown if computer is locked boxes.

I no longer use this feature on any of my PC's; but, if I remember correctly, it does give you a warning message allowing you to skip the shutdown if you are actually working on the PC at the end of the scan. But, realistically, I generally stop or pause the scan while I am working anyway.
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Yeaaaaaaaaaaa! Got the updates to run and scan over night. Laptop shuts down after scan. Thanks Kumquat and Coolchange.
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